AIT Careers Fair Shows Students How to go From Student to Professional

AIT Careers Fair Shows Students How to go From Student to ProfessionalI attended the AIT Careers & Further Study Fair on Thursday 10th November with my colleague Tina Egan. Collins McNicholas were delighted to be in attendance. There was over 50 stands from companies and colleges from all disciplines and sectors.  We got to say hello to most of our clients in Abbott, Mergon, Teleflex , Axa, as well as a number of other clients. It was a great opportunity for us to meet students and graduates  to discuss the employment market and the types for opportunities we envisage in 2017/2018. We also provided general career and CV advice for these candidate entering the market. Overall we found it an excellent networking opportunity to meet our potential candidates. We were able to answer their questions on job seeking, key things to do and top tips on a typical hiring process. Here are a few key tips I would give any new graduate entering the  job market: Create a good CV and Cover Letter: a graduate CV will be different from other CVs. Less job experience means you will have to focus more on your education. Highlight any transferable skills you have developed and any areas of expertise within your qualification. A cover letter is a great place to draw attention to your skills and how they could be useful in the job you are applying for. Do an internship: this is a great way to gain experience. A lack of professional experience is often the biggest obstacle for graduates. An internship can provide you with new skills, a good reference and some valuable new contacts. It is often better to get out there and start gaining experience straight away than spending months sending off applications without anything to show for your time. Develop your skills: adequate computer skills are a prerequisite in most jobs today but there are many other skills that employers look for. Analytical skills, problem solving skills, time management skills, teamwork skills, research skills, and communication skills. Identify your areas of weakness and work hard to develop them into strengths. You can also expand on your existing strengths to make them even bigger assets. LinkedIn: Create a LinkedIn account. Many recruitment agencies search for suitable professionals using LinkedIn. It is another avenue to promote yourself, and can lead to job opportunities. Beware of your social media presence in general. Employers check Facebook and other social media to see if job applicants are suitable to work in their company. Make sure all of your social media content is suitable for viewing by an employer because they may look at it. Network: it takes time to build a network but the benefits are great, and often come in unexpected ways. Don’t always look to what you can get from your contacts, make yourself available to help them too. Attend career events, reach out to relevant people in your field via LinkedIn, and develop a brief 30 second pitch that encapsulates what you can do. Interview preparation: prepare answers to the tough questions, know your CV inside out, understand what you can offer, and what the company needs. The better prepared you are the better you will do. Try different things: not everyone knows what they are going to do for the next 40 years when they graduate. Apply for different types of jobs, you will gain new skills and good experience that will stand to you in the long run, and you may hit on the ideal career path you never even realised you wanted. Don’t get discouraged: it can take time to find a job and start a career. Don’t get discouraged, keep applying for jobs until you find the position that suits you best. Plan: you should view looking for a job as a job in itself. Dedicate a consistent amount of time to your job search each week, and maintain organised notes of your applications so you can easily keep track of what is happening. Donie Shine Recruitment Consultant Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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And the President of the United States 2017 – 2021 is Donald Trump!

Although there was no clear favorite throughout the campaign, America has made its decision for this presidential term! This time of year always brings about great discussion, be it at home in the sitting room or out having a coffee, about what the ideal president would look like. Alongside the president needing to have the skills, capabilities and knowledge to operate effectively within the role, there are also key personality traits which we would hope the president would possess. As the list could be endless, I decided to choose the top four traits i.e. jigsaw pieces I think are critical to operate effectively in this position……IF we could build an Ideal Presidential Personality Profile. Before we get into the nitty gritty of what these traits look like, let’s start of by defining what a personality trait is. They are defined as distinguishing qualities or characteristics that are the embodiment of an individual and would determine one’s patterns of behaviour, temperament and emotion. On the other hand, skills are the learned capacity to carry out specific tasks. The Four Qualities are: Charisma Charisma can be defined in many ways, however, it is frequently referred to as a rare quality of leaders to command a room and inspire individual’s enthusiasm and devotion with their sheer magnetism. This friendly and pleasant demeanor can soften even the toughest critic. Even if you’re not described as a ‘people person,’ flashing a friendly smile during discussions can have great benefits, especially if you are president. Persuasiveness In order to successfully do any leadership role, never mind lead a country, people have to believe in the individual...

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Invest4Success Event Showcases the Potential of the Upper Shannon Erne Region

My colleague Ita Hodder & I attended the Invest4success event in Croke Park last Thursday afternoon on behalf of Collins McNicholas. The event was a great success, showcasing some of the established and upcoming businesses in the upper Shannon Erne region. There were representations from businesses in counties Leitrim, Cavan, Roscommon & Longford all discussing the potential for investors, partnerships and employment opportunities in the region. Basing the event in Dublin offered an opportunity to reach a wider audience and in particular the diaspora living outside the area. The event was well attended and we heard some very positive presentations from Abbott Diagnostics, Vistamed and Cora Systems, who spoke of their commitment to the region and their continued growth. Some of the other businesses exhibiting on the day included; ATA Group, Masonite, Merenda, Obelisk, Prior medical and Lakeland Dairies. For employment opportunities many companies discussed the values of what working in the regions can offer. This includes shorter commuting times, affordable housing, access to schools, strong communities and all round better quality of life. This was reinforced by some of the local tourism initiatives we heard about such as the Blueways project by Waterways Ireland, highlighting the excellent recreational activities available in the region. Overall the region plans to create almost 2,000 jobs in the next few years across a number of sectors which will have a significant impact on the area. It was great to see such a positive message being construed across the board from the larger multinationals to the smaller start-ups. If you are interested in hearing about specific employment opportunities in the region please contact me...

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